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Common Raven (Corvus corax)

Common Raven (Corvus corax)

Common Raven (Corvus corax)



Common Raven (Corvus corax) Common Raven (Corvus corax) Common Raven (Corvus corax) Common Raven (Corvus corax)

Class: Aves
Family: Corvidae
Common Name: Common Raven
Genus: Corvus
Species Name: corax

About The Common Raven

Ravens are well-known for their intelligence, they are also very playful birds, performing mid-air acrobatics, playing 'games' with each other's beaks and passing stones to each other (5). They eat a wide variety of food, including carrion, small vertebrates, insects and refuse, yet carrion is the most important component of the diet (6). Pairs stay together for life, and defend a territory from which they exclude all other ravens (5). Breeding begins in February or March. Following a mating display involving posturing, mutual preening and beak caressing, the pair make a solid nest (or renovate the previous year's nest) of sticks lined with moss and mud (5). Clutches contain 4-6 blue-green eggs, one of which is laid each day until the clutch is complete (5). The female incubates the eggs for up to 20 days, during which time she is fed by the male (5). Both parents feed the chicks, which stay in the nest for up to six and a half weeks (5). Ravens do not tend to travel widely; during winter adults remain in their breeding territory, and young birds do not tend to disperse further away than 20 miles (5). A rich wealth of folklore and mythology centres on the raven; King Arthur is said to return in the form of a raven, Noah sent out a raven from the Ark to fly 'forth and fro until the waters were dried up from off the earth', and the Norse god Odin had two ravens who flew the world to return to his shoulders and whisper what was happening into his ears (4).

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Trips Where Observed

Alaska
Alaska 2010
India
Mexico, Baja California Sur
Moving the Car
Newfoundland
San Francisco 2007
Siberia
Svalbard, Canary Islands, and Spain
Texas

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Africa
Asia
California
Europe
India
Mexico
My Yard
North America
San Francisco
United States
World

Sites Where Observed

Location
Date
Notes
1/18/2006
8/8/2006
Common Raven (Corvus corax)
seen daily
4/14/2013
7/16/2014
7/21/2014
3/24/2015
3/24/2015
3/25/2015
3/29/2015
7/10/2016

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